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    Can hardware cause allergic dermatitis?

    Hello all -- I wanted to see if anyone has had this problem. I had fusion with cobalt chrome rods and titanium screws in December 2011. About January of this year, so a little over a year post-op -- I developed a skin rash, eczema around my eyes, upper and lower. Looked like a bloodshot raccoon. Went to an allergist and patch test showed positive for two things: fragrance and (here's the reason for this post) cobalt. Now I don't have a skin rash around my spine area, but on my face. With a cream (Elidel) the rash is under control, but just was wondering if anyone else had this experience. I did ask my surgeon in a post-op visit last month, and he doesn't think it's related. So just wanted to see if anyone else had the same experience. Thanks for any responses.

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    Susan, I sent you a PM. Another Susan
    Adult Onset Degenerative Scoliosis @65, 25* T & 36* L w/ 11.2 cm coronal balance; T kyphosis 90*; Severe disc degen T & L stenosis

    2013: T3- S1 Fusion w/ ALIF L4-S1/XLIF L2-4, PSF T4-S1 in 2 surgeries
    2014: Hernia @ ALIF repaired; Emergency screw removal surgery for Spinal Cord Injury at T4,5 sec to PJK
    2015: Revision Broken Bil T & L rods and no fusion: 2 revision surgeries; hardware P. Acnes infection
    2016: Ant/Lat Lumbar diskectomy w/ 4 cages + BMP + harvested bone + prayer

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